Audience/Performer/Mirror
Dan Graham, 1977, 17'45''

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An audience, a 'performer' and a mirror (as brought together in De Appel in Amsterdam) form the three active component parts of this art work by Dan Graham. Graham stands in of front the audience which is reflected and duplicated in a large mirror. With great precision, he describes his position and movements in the space and then relates the audience's reactions as he experiences them: the facial expressions, the gestures etc.. Finally he talks about his own image and that of the audience as seen in the mirror. We witness other interactive mirrored relationships. Graham's presence in the space is not only reflected in his words (and vice versa), it is also mirrored by the audience itself. Equally the real mirror also duplicates the audience and the performer.Even the camera which records this performance contributes to this game of confrontational doubling. Read more...

  • Date: 1977
  • Length: 17'45''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: conceptual, performance (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: artist, body, communication, perception, representation, interactivity (subject), registration (technique)